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Ch 19: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Physical Science Principles

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If you'll soon be sitting for the MTEL Adult Basic Education examination, take this opportunity to prepare. Explained through animated video and text lessons, physical science principles are the highlight of this chapter.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Physical Science Principles - Chapter Summary

Look to this chapter's text and video lessons on physical science principles if you want to get ready for science questions on the MTEL Adult Basic Education examination. By studying the lessons, you can prepare to answer its questions on subjects that include heat, sound, motion, the solar system and the properties of matter. Use your study time to recall facts about plate tectonics, mechanical energy and the hydrologic cycle. When your review is complete, you could be able to:

  • Identify the chemical and physical properties of matter
  • Discover applications for mechanical and chemical energy
  • Solve equations involving sound, heat and motion
  • Discuss types of energy transformation
  • List the layers of the atmosphere
  • Understand the hydrologic cycle
  • Identify the Earth's layers
  • Explore theories on plate tectonics
  • Name some visible planets

When you begin your review well in advance of the MTEL Adult Basic Education examination, you can absorb these and other facts in your spare time. Watch the text and video lessons on your mobile device. The short lessons are animated and presented by real instructors who will also answer your questions on physical science principles. Multiple-choice quizzes permit you to evaluate your progress, and word-for-word transcripts contain bold key terms. Video tags can be used to quickly move among the main subjects.

12 Lessons in Chapter 19: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Physical Science Principles
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

1. Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

How are substances identified? There are two major ways we can describe a substance: physical properties and chemical properties. Learn about how chemists use properties to classify matter as either a mixture or a pure substance.

Conservation of Mechanical Energy

2. Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Energy comes in many forms and for any system can never be created or destroyed. This holds true for mechanical energy, which also obeys this law of conservation of energy. In this video lesson, you'll explore how mechanical energy is converted or transferred between forms and objects.

What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples

This lesson describes chemical energy as a type of potential energy stored in chemicals, such as sugar and gasoline. The lesson discusses how energy is transferred from solar energy to chemical energy by plants and how gasoline is a source of chemical energy used to move cars.

What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

4. What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

Explore the minute workings of sound waves and how they travel. We'll discuss the main factors that affect the speed of sound waves, and we'll try some mathematical problems involving the wave equation.

What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

5. What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of heat and find out how it differs from temperature. You will also explore practical applications of heat such as expansion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, specific heat, phase transitions, and heat engines.

Energy Transformation: Definition, Types & Examples

6. Energy Transformation: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about the different kinds of energy and how these types of energy can be transformed from one form to another. You will also learn about some uses of these energy transformations in everyday life.

What Is Motion? - Definition & Equations

7. What Is Motion? - Definition & Equations

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what motion is and use basic equations of motion to solve problems. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

The Structure of the Atmosphere

8. The Structure of the Atmosphere

If you've ever climbed a mountain or been to the beach, you know that the atmosphere is different at different levels. This lesson explains how the structure of the atmosphere is really like a layer cake.

The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

9. The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

The hydrologic, or water, cycle describes the storage and movement of all water on Earth. This lesson will cover the different reservoirs where water can be stored and how it moves between them.

Earth's Internal Layers: Crust, Mantle & Core

10. Earth's Internal Layers: Crust, Mantle & Core

Earth is made up of several different layers, each with unique properties. In this video lesson, you will identify each layer of Earth and how it relates to Earth as a whole.

Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

11. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.

Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

12. Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

This lesson will tell you which planets in our solar system you can see with the naked eye and which ones you cannot. You'll also learn how they appear to move in our sky and why we can see them in the first place.

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